Since the moment they stepped on the court for their respective teams, Anna’s Keamoni Mattocks and Whitewright’s Desmond McNiel have been putting up big numbers.
Their final seasons were no exception as they guided their teams to the playoffs once again.
Mattocks was the District 11-4A Most Valuable Player — the third straight year he has been his district’s MVP — after averaging 18.1 points, 4.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals. He finished his career eighth on the Texas high school list for three-pointers made and scored more than 2,000 points.
Anna went 26-8 and earned the program’s first postseason victory.
McNiel was selected as the District 10-3A Most Valuable Player and a Texas Roundup All-Star after averaging 24.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.7 steals. He set a career-high with 50 points during the Princeton Tournament, making five three-pointers and 24-of-30 free throws.
Despite some key losses to graduation, McNiel was able to get Whitewright into the postseason before a bi-district loss against region runner-up Ponder.
For their efforts, Mattocks and McNiel share the award as the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Boys Basketball Co-Players of the Year for the 2016-17 season.